Friday, 21 April 2017

All gardeners know better than other gardeners - Chinese proverb

In this week’s forum we had the opportunity to take cuttings, prick out seedlings and exchange advice and ideas. 
Members were asked what they had done during National Gardening Week and here are some answers:
Carl has been revelling in the blossom of South American trilliums, which are not usually seen in England but they like the extra heat of a polytunnel and grow in their hundreds.  There are approximately ten different species in this picture
 Linda and Kate have been demossing beds, paths and lawns

 Brenda and Margaret B Cutting back the old ferns to see the new growth
Eric has been pricking out bedding plants and Judith was busy setting up Harrogate Flower Show
 Janella consulted her impressive diary and was able to recall that she deadheaded daffodils, hard pruned Arbutus Unedo and sorted out the pond

....... and Norma was Strulching
Strulch is a light and easy to use garden mulch made from wheat straw for organic gardening

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Elizabeth brought an interested newspaper article entitled Bed and Breakfast for Bees
Judith rescued a pink rose from a pound shop.  We wish it a speedy recovery.

 Trevor’s Muscari  A touch of snow came  as a present from M & S in a lovely jug.
Janella’s  Daffies:  Thalia and Hawera from Wilkos
Although we have mentioned various stores, these plants can be purchased from other establishments!
Judith’s Hellebore

Gill brought a “thug – nearest thing to a triffid” the Chrysosplenium macrophyllum and the mouseplant Arisarum proboscideum, so called because it looks as if a mouse is hiding under its leaves.
Gill filled a jug with plants from her garden including Allium triquetrum, a hellebore with lovely foliage, pale blue muscari, anemone, Smyrna foliate, the early flowering cranesbill tuberosum, a double primrose Marion Harvey, epimedium, Brunnera, pulmonaria with silver leaves, goldlace primula, corydalis,  Geums, which seemed to be the trend at this week’s Harrogate Flower show, including Bell Bank
Norma shared her recipe to rid your garden of Lily Beetle 
 Jenny’s Spanish bluebells have suddenly sprouted like this after many years – any thoughts?
Eric’s stunning Clivia which was an offshoot from Carl and Margaret
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Paxton AGM is on Tuesday  25 April at 8 pm.  Please make an effort and show your support by attending, in view of local societies having to close, and if anyone can help out by joining the committee, it would be appreciated.
Please note change of date for our final garden visit.  This will be Golden Acre Park on 25th August and not 18th August as previously advised.  Full details of our visits for 2017 has now been updated on the blog.

 Erratum:  In the last blog post I mistakenly referred to the Tulip Apple Dawn.  This should have read Apeldoorn after the area of the Netherlands and can be red or yellow.
Next Meeting

5th May:  Presentation – Chelsea, Camassia, Chris & Chaos.  Stella Exley will bring plants

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Mini Spring Show

We had more than our usual number of entries for all categories.  Thanks to John Freer and Graham for judging and Rose for logging the entries.
Category 1: 

 1st Prize Dorothy Ambridge, Daffodil Sportsman

Category 2:

1st Prize Dorothy Ambridge, 3 Daffodils 
Category 3:


 1st Prize Judith Ladley, 3 Tulips Red Apeldoorn
Category 4:

 1st Prize Janella Cranswick, Container of spring flowering bulbs
Category 5: 

1st prize Carl Denton, Trillium

Category 6: 
1st prize Margaret Denton
Category 7:

 1st prize Janella Cranswick, dish of floating Camellias

We know John Freer as a judge of our flower show and for his prize winning blooms.  He surprised us today when he told us that his main hobby is knitting.  He learnt to knit as a young boy and started to enter competitions.  He brought along samples of his work and it wasn’t just your basic stitches.  He uses intricate patterns and produces beautiful shawls and scarves, ganzies, hats and other useful items.

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Margaret H brought a lovely pot of tulips, the leaves of which were unfortunately suffering from what she suspected was Tulip fire.  Our bulb expert and show judge, John, advised her to better be safe than sorry and discard the tulips.  In the discussion that followed, Judith said many of her bulbs had been unsuccessful this year and Ann and John both peeled back the outer scales of their bulbs to check for mould.
Judith’s stunning Tulip Red Apeldoorn
 Graham’s purple Primula pubescens and Linden Lancelot, which took a lot of patience to raise
Ann’s Crown Imperial 
Ann’s Fritillaria Impperialis, meleagris and Uva- vulpis, Erythronium revolutum, pagoda, white beauty and tuolmnense, Scilla liliohyacinthus

Ann’s Rhododendron Bluetit and Chaenomeles Geisha Girl
 Can anyone make Sue and Jenny's wishes come true?

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Jenny reported back from the Paxton meeting:
·              The drive at Paxton Hall is very worn and will be very expensive to replace.  Can anyone help financially or with a fundraiser?
·               Paxton is holding its AGM at Paxton Hall on Tuesday 25 April at 8 pm.  Please show your support by attending, in view of local societies having to close, and if anyone can help out by joining the committee, it would be appreciated.
We wish Elizabeth good health and happiness in her new home in Otley.
Graham told us how well the recent Paxton Spring Show went.
There are still a few places for our day trip in June.
National Gardening Week is 10 – 16 April.  Send in a photo of something you did this week!
Next Meeting
April 21st:  Forum – Practical Gardening, propagation and plug plants to grow on

Sunday, 19 March 2017

"Where flowers bloom so does hope." - Lady Bird Johnson

Talk:  Wild India 
Barbara and Peter Murphy returned to Friday Forum to entertain us with a presentation on India, based on several visits they have made.
It was just what was needed to cheer us up on a grey day, as Peter told us about the wildlife, culture and horticulture beautifully illustrated by Barbara’s photography.  Amongst other things we learnt that all hens originated from the Red Jungle Fowl from thousands of years ago and Assam tea has been grown there since 1834 and comes from the Camellia family.
Barbara brought with her some greeting cards in aid of the Rodley Nature Reserve with her photographs of local birds and scenery.
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As the season continues, there is currently plenty of interest and colour in the gardens of our members as illustrated by today’s table.
 Kate’s arrangement of Hellebores, Pulmonaria including the Blue Ensign, Viburnum Dawn, Ribes White Icicle, Jetfire and Jumbly daffodils, Anisodontea and the stunning Camellia Simply Rouge

Gill brought Allium Normale, Pachyfragma, Epimedium, which gives good ground cover in shade, Corydaylis Beth Evans, Pulmonaria and the fragrant winter honeysuckle

 James brought a Snowflake (Leucojum vernum), which is much larger and longer stemmed than the more popular snowdrop.  As usual, James regaled us with its history
Judith showed us her book The Gardener’s Companion edited by Vicky Bamforth
She says she likes to dip into it when she has time, which probably isn’t very often!  The article A Gardener’s Raincheck looks helpful.
 From Ann’s garden came Group 10 Narcissi originating from Spain and Portugal: Narcissus cyclamineus and Narcissus Spoirot, Pulsatilla rubra, Ipheon uniflorum album and Ipheon uniflorum Charlotte Bishop
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There are still a few places available on our garden trip to Lincolnshire.

Mini Show:  Next meeting is Friday Forum’s Spring Show.  I’m sure everyone has something to enter.  It’s the taking part that matters!

Unfortunately Wakefield Paxton Society established in 1877 is closing.
Next Meeting

April 7th:    Spring Mini Show – Judge and speaker – John Freer